By: Grayson T.
If you do a simple google search, you will find there are seemingly thousands of acne scar treatments and often times it can be overwhelming. However, many confuse those red marks left over by an inflamed pimple as scars. That isn’t the case and these marks are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH for short). These marks can be treated with relative ease with the help of a skin care routine which I will discuss later. A true scar appears as depressions and dips in the skin and is actually a result of damaged tissue. These scars are much harder to treat and many are often misled to believe that expensive options are the way to go, but that is not the case.
First, let’s begin with PIH, those annoying red marks that those pimples leave behind. The key to treating these is a combination of products. Skin is the largest organ in the body and is not just satisfied with one Holy Grail ingredient and product. Your body, like your skin, needs all kinds of different forums of nutrition to keep it functioning. Therefore, your skin needs to be treated and nourished with various ingredients and products.
First, exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and help to fade these marks. Salicylic acid and glycolic acid are two common treatments and commonly found in stores. However, many are ineffective so I recommend doing some deep research on products to see their effectiveness. I recommended Diana Yvonne’s skincare line and I will refer her here. She has many serums and products to help fade red marks.
Second, use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Increased sun exposure can delay your red marks from healing so protection is key. I personally use Neutrogena SPF 30, but it is up to you. Lastly, your final step to treating these marks is treating them to antioxidant-rich products. Vitamin C, retinol, Vitamin E, niacinamide, and other ingredients similar to it will help your skin renew itself and brighten your complexion. Vitamin C serums are available on amazon and other sites like it but beware as many are often frauds. Buy from a reliable seller and carefully read reviews.
As for actual scars, options are limited. There are laser treatments that come in many forms such as Fraxel but those are often too expensive. There are many procedures such as subcision and dermal fillers but again, they are expensive. Another option is microneedling and is featured on this website. It is an effective, cheap, treatment that many see success with so that may be an option for many. However, there are risks so please be wary.
Thank you for reading as always! If you have any concerns, consult your dermatologist for any treatments that best tailor to you. Don’t waste your money because someone promises it will work for you. Everyone is different. Do your research and stay smart. Take care!